The beautiful UC Davis campus, with its state-of-the-art collegiate facilities served as the back drop for the weekend's festivities. Known for their reputation as a campus with an academic climate towards solving problems related to health and society, it was a perfect venue for Special Olympics Northern California. All four sport venues were located on the campus with several within walking distance of each other.
Saturday & Sunday - 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
The outdoor Bocce Courts were on the A Street Field. The courts can be found behind the Track & Field awards tent. The landscaped lawn made it an excellent facility for competition. There were approximately 30 four-person teams competing. Preliminary play occurred on Saturday with final team play and awards presented on Sunday. Spectators wereencouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs and plenty of sunscreen to enjoy the competition.
Saturday & Sunday- 8:15 am - 2:00 pm
The Tennis competition took place at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. Known as one of the best tennis centers on the West Coast, the Marya Welch Tennis Center encompasses sixteen courts, plaza area, fan seating and other player amenities. It was a fantastic place to showcase the talents of our tennis athletes. There were about 50 athletes competing in individual skills competition, individual or doubles matches.
Saturday - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sunday - 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
The Track and Field competition was located at Toomey Field, home of the UC Davis track & field team. The facility has hosted numerous championship events for track & field. During the 2000 Olympic Trials, standout Michael Johnson used the track as a practice facility. Track had the most athletes competing with approximately 340 participants. Awards were presented on Saturday and Sunday as athletes concluded their events.
Saturday - 10:15 am - Noon (Developmental events)
Saturday - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Two pools were utilized for the Swimming competition. Developmental events, for athletes with lower swimming ability, took place on Saturday at Hickey Pool. Schaal Aquatics Center hosted competition on Saturday and Sunday for those athletes who had mastered basic to advanced swimming skills. There were approximately 250 athletes who competed in several different events over the weekend.
Friday - Opening Ceremony 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday - Healthy Athletes - 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday - Athlete Victory Dance 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Pavilion is the largest event venue on the UC Davis campus, with a seating capacity of up to 8,000. The size and scope of the Pavilion made it an exciting and vibrant venue for our Opening Ceremony on Friday evening. On Saturday it converted into our Healthy Athlete Village and then on Saturday evening hosted our athlete victory dance.
Athletes and coaches who travel to Summer Games from out of the area were housed in dorms for Friday and Saturday night in the Segundo Residence Hall Area. Breakfast and dinner was served in the dining halls with delegations scheduled in shifts to accommodate the large number of coaches and athletes. Lunches were served at the sport venues for all registered athletes, coaches and volunteers.